London, UK, March 23, 2022 – Skyportthe electric air taxi infrastructure and drone service provider, raised $ 23 million in the first close of its Series B funding round. The capital, from a combination of new and existing investors, will allow Skyports to consolidate its position as a global leader in advanced air mobility infrastructure and drone operations markets.
All existing institutional shareholders participated in the round, including Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures, Groupe ADP, Solar Ventus, Irelandia and Levitate Capital, with a number significantly increasing their holding. These investors were joined by the Japanese conglomerate Kanematsu Corporation, the global industrial property group Goodman Group, the Italian airport platform 2i Aeroporti, backed by Ardian’s Infrastructure Fund and F2i Italian Infrastructure Fund, and the VC company based in the United States United GreenPoint.
Kanematsu Corporation will take a seat on the Skyports board and will be joined by Ken Allen, CEO of DHL eCommerce, who will join the board as an independent non-executive director.
The new capital and large investor balance sheets allow Skyports to accelerate its work with the world’s leading electric air taxi manufacturers and operators, providing take-off and landing infrastructure in key launch markets. Skyports will also materially expand its Drone Services operations in new and existing markets, building on active operations in the UK, Europe and Asia.
Duncan Walker, CEO of Skyports, said
“This is another big milestone for Skyports as we continue our journey to become the leading vertiport owner and operator in the world. The support of our original investors who have deep aviation and infrastructure experience and the addition of new capital from world-class companies with a global footprint allows us to build the air taxi ecosystem together with our partners from best-in-class vehicles for initial operations within a couple of years. Our growing Drone Services business places us at the forefront with technological development, regulation and operational experience, while reducing carbon emissions by using drones for a wide range of customers. ”
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1. About Skyports
Skyports is the leading advanced air mobility (AAM) enabler, providing the critical link between earth and sky. The company designs, builds and operates air taxi take-off and landing infrastructure and collaborates with world-class vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) electric passenger and cargo vehicle manufacturers around the world to enable safe, sustainable and efficient flight operations. in urban and suburban areas. Skyports is also a drone service provider, committed to creating positive change by connecting people, businesses and communities to vital supplies and services, such as healthcare, shipping, logistics and e-commerce.
Headquartered in London, UK, Skyports has projects operating in multiple continents, including Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. Skyports’ investors include Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures, Groupe ADP, Irelandia Aviation, Levitate Capital, Solar Ventus, The Goodman Group, Kanematsu Corporation, Ardian, F2i and GreenPoint.
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